Bordeaux Airport reveals its future face: what will it look like?

Bordeaux Airport reveals its future face: what will it look like?
Bordeaux Airport reveals its future face: what will it look like?

New take-off for Bordeaux – Mérignac airport. By 2028, the face of the largest airport in the region will be completely transformed. A new 21,000 m² building will be built in 2026 between halls A and B, on a vehicle transit area, on the airside. It will connect these two halls, to create a larger transit and waiting area, with a single check-in station.

New take-off for Bordeaux – Mérignac airport. By 2028, the face of the largest airport in the region will be completely transformed. A new 21,000 m² building will be built from 2026 between halls A and B, on a vehicle transit area, airside. It will connect these two halls, to create a larger passage and waiting area, with a single common screening inspection station (PIF). Passengers and cabin baggage will thus be checked in the same place, whereas there is currently a checkpoint in each hall.


The project will help to smooth passenger traffic within the airport.

The aim here is not to increase the airport’s capacity but rather to “improve the passenger experience and be among the best European airports in terms of quality of service”, said Simon Dreschel, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bordeaux – Mérignac Airport Company, during a press conference on Tuesday, July 2. Halls A and B will remain separate check-in areas, but will also be renovated over 6,000 m² to integrate the new building.


The two halls will be connected by a single building, with a single security point.

Enia architectes

The future single security post will be equipped with more modern X-ray machines, which will allow the flow of passengers to be processed more quickly, in particular by avoiding removing liquids or electronic devices from luggage. “With fewer lines, we will be able to process as many passengers,” anticipates the airport, which assures that the number of agents will not decrease with the arrival of these new technologies. “On the contrary, we are on a recruitment dynamic and this new building will create jobs, particularly in the shops,” explains Simon Dreschel.

Shops before boarding

Because the biggest new feature of this transformation will be the appearance of a 5,000 m² waiting and shopping area, just before the boarding lounges. Once past the security checkpoint, travelers will necessarily pass through a Duty Free and catering area, with four points of sale including a catering area, focused on local culture.


70% of shops and restaurants will be located after the security checkpoint.

Enia architectes

“Today, 70% of the shops are located before the security checkpoint. In 2028, 70% of the shopping offer will be after the security checkpoint, which will encourage shopping and be less stressful for passengers,” hopes Simon Dreschel. The baggage sorting system and staff offices will also be refurbished.


A large waiting and shopping area of ​​5,000 m² will be set up for the comfort of passengers.

Enia architectes

In total, 130 million euros will be invested entirely by the airport to carry out this project, designed by Enia architectes and built by the engineering group Ingérop. This two-year work will be carried out in stages, on an occupied site, which will partly impact the flow of passengers. The final delivery will be for June 2028, with partial openings planned in advance.

Including future energy renovation projects or new safety and security equipment, the airport company, which generates 90 million euros in annual revenue, is investing 250 million euros over five years to modernise its property.

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